Metal Review: Enemy Reign – Between Hell and Oblivion (2012)

Enemy Reign - Between Hell and OblivionDenver’s own entry into the death metal genre, Enemy Reign, is back with some of the most fierce death metal that anyone can possibly bring to the table. With new vocalist, Stevie Boiser, they had plenty to prove to their fans, and with Between Hell and Oblivion, they made a very respectable album.

Like I mentioned before, Between Hell and Oblivion is a brutal album loaded with heavy riffs and intense double bass. There is not a letdown from song to song, but this one sure is not perfect. While I am a fan of most of what they are doing on this release, I am still not sure if I am sold on Stevie Boiser on vocals. The vocals seem to be the weak link on every song. With stronger vocals, I would really dig this album a lot more than I do now, but the vocals are by no means bad. They are solid enough to hold their own, but just not showing me anything new here.

Whether they are drawing influences from classic death metal to classic grindcore, Enemy Reign’s black heart is definitely in the right place, so you should check this one out.

Between Hell And Oblivion was recorded at Flatline Audio by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage, Martriden, Cobalt et al) and offers up 11 tracks of mile-high deathgrind brutality as well as the debut of vocalist, Stevie Boiser who replaced former throat, Sherwood Webber (Skinless), last Summer.

Commented the band on the output: “Between Hell And Oblivion is a huge milestone for ENEMY REIGN both as a band and for us individually. It means we didn’t give up even when we were written off, and accomplishing that feels great. Musically, we set out to refine what we feel our style of death metal is. We aren’t pretentious people, and this is not a pretentious album. It’s a no nonsense death metal album that pays homage to all the bands we grew up with and love, while keeping an eye on how we can add our own artistic license and create something we could listen to everyday. And we do…so enjoy the reign.”

Originating from Denver, Colorado, ENEMY REIGN does not adhere to the restrictions of a closed-minded genre. Simply tagged “Metal for Metalheads” by friend and fans, ENEMY REIGN draw influence from early ‘90s death metal, late ‘80s grindcore and East Coast hardcore.